Road accidents: Wrecked faces, wrecked lives. Come to us. We rebuild faces, rebuild lives
“It’s hard to build but easy to destroy”.
Such is the case with road traffic accidents which result in fractures of the
face most often, fracturing the jaw bones and damaging associated structures.
One cannot go back to their regular food habits if the fractured jaw isn’t
operated on. Scary isn’t it?
is upto the Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon to re approximate the fractures and
refix them inorder to give back the form of the jaw no matter how bad the
fracture is. Use of titanium plates and screws for fixation and bridging
segments is the standard of care. What if there is shattered bone segment?
Fixing up such fractures is challenging at times. Surgeons use certain bone
graft materials or substitutes inorder to replace the lost shattered bone
In one such case operated by Dr Sunil
Richardson, a 32yr old man met with a road traffic accident, leading to
multiple fractures on his body including a bad lower jaw fracture, which caused
the lower front teeth to fall backward along with inability to bite or swallow.
The shattered bone pieces and the backward displacement of the segment were to
be critically dealt with.
underwent ORIF (OPEN REDUCTION INTERNAL FIXATION of the fracture UNDER GENERAL
First the lower
and upper teeth were brought into biting position with the help of wires
(archbars). When the central smaller bony fragments at the chin bone were
removed, there was a gap between the remaining undamaged bone segments of
either sides. Two titanium plates were used to bridge and fix the fracture.
Titanium plates and screws were used to stabilize the fracture and then
grafting of the defect was done using high quality artificial bone substitute
which helps in bone growth and healing.
At the Richardson’s even the most
challenging cases are treated without compromise, using the right surgical
techniques with latest high quality materials and products to help the patients
recover and lead a normal life.